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Authenticity: The Cultural History of a Political Concept

Authors: Umbach, Maiken, Humphrey, Mathew

  • Interdisciplinary approach, combining historical insight with political theory to offer a more rounded understanding of this concept
  • Highlights the importance and uses of authenticity in a variety of historical and contemporary contexts, rather than seeking to advocate or debunk the idea itself
  • Includes both textual and visual sources in order to show how ideas of authenticity have changed from the eighteenth century to the present day
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About this book

Authenticity is everywhere: political leaders invoke the idea to gain our support, advertisers use it to sell their products. But is authenticity a dangerous hoax? What is, and is not, authentic has been hotly debated ever since the concept was invented. Many academics have sought to "unmask" authenticity claims as deceptive. This book takes a different approach. In chapters covering historical and contemporary examples, the authors explore why authenticity, real or imagined, exercises such a powerful hold on our imaginations. The chapters trace how invocations of authenticity borrow from one another, across arenas such as philosophy and theology, encounters with nature, leisure, and mass consumption, political and corporate leadership, left-wing and right-wing ideologies. This cultural history of authenticity is of interest to academic and lay readers alike, who are interested in the significance and history of a concept that shapes how we understand ourselves and the world we live in. 

About the authors

Maiken Umbach is Professor of Modern History at the University of Nottingham, UK. She has published on Enlightenment gardens, on industrial and urban design around 1900, on regionalism, and on cultural politics in Nazi Germany. She currently works on private photography and ideology under National Socialism.

 

Mathew Humphrey is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Nottingham. UK. He has published on environmental political philosophy, on democratic theory, political ideology, and radical protest. He currently works on environmental politics in the UK and Europe.

 

Both authors jointly direct the Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies at the University of Nottingham.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Umbach, Maiken (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • The Nature of Authenticity, and the Authenticity of Nature

    Umbach, Maiken (et al.)

    Pages 13-38

  • Living in an Inauthentic Society?

    Umbach, Maiken (et al.)

    Pages 39-66

  • Authentic Leadership

    Umbach, Maiken (et al.)

    Pages 67-93

  • Authenticity and Consumption

    Umbach, Maiken (et al.)

    Pages 95-121

Buy this book

eBook £39.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68566-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-68565-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Authenticity: The Cultural History of a Political Concept
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68566-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68566-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68565-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 144
Number of Illustrations
7 illustrations in colour
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